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Spaceage Ceramic Bandsaw Guideblocks

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
SCG
Model:
SCG
Price:
$23

Description

All sets suitable for use with all blade widths.

WOOD magazine review

Spaceage Ceramic Bandsaw Guideblocks

Review Summary

Because the Spaceage Ceramic Guideblocks (SCG) and thrust bearings matched our 14" Delta’s original steel blocks and bearings in size and use the same mounting hardware, we didn’t need to replace a bunch of parts to swap them out. Installing the top bearing and guides took 5 minutes, but replacing the lower thrust bearing took 45 minutes because we had to first remove the lower guide assembly.
In doing so, we discovered the original bearing had seized; not a problem with the SCG bearing because it does not turn. The manufacturer recommends .005" clearance between the blade and guides; we used the thickness of a piece of paper. We cut turning blanks from a variety of woods up to 6" thick, and the slippery-smooth SCGs held the blade true without any sign of wear. Their low cost and durability make them an inexpensive but significant upgrade.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Even better than bearing guides

Review Summary

I put these on my older 14 " Delta band saw and I love them. They way out perform any other guides I've used before, which included the stock steel ones, the fiber cool blocks and bearing guides. You can practically cinch these up right on the blade and they won't wear or slow the blade. Installing the round thrust bearings on the lower guides( under the table) was a little more difficult, as you have to remove the guide that they are mounted on, from the saw.
I found instructions as to how to perform this by doing a search on the internet. I only wish someone made these at a reasonable cost for my nineteen inch Jet band saw. Laguna Tools makes them, but they want some stupid price of over three hundred dollars.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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